I must admit, I didn't have the best view at YSL Resort show, which took place at the French consulate uptown.
The models began prancing down the runway at roughly eight minutes after 11am, and I didn't arrive until a few minutes later, which means I missed a few of the first looks. (While I knew things would start closer to the scheduled time, I didn't think it would be that close, and neither did plenty of other editors. To be sure, I was standing with greatness--Harriet Mays Powell, Long Nguyen--which made me feel a bit better about the situation.)
But back to the where and why. The French consulate is indeed very French--iron railings, a bit ornate--as were Stefano Pilati's prim dresses, Bermuda shorts and skirt suits. For better or worse, Pilati's work is generally all over the place, but this was a moment when his talent shone clearly.
There was, for the second YSL show in a row, plenty of color, and although I'm partial to black, it was refreshing to see a mix of both. In fact, the suits and dresses kind of reminded me of a bed of poppies, swirling with red, orange, green, purple and pink. There were even a few prints, and they're sure to be much less polarizing than last spring's strawberries. The fluttery butterfly silhouette should be a hit, given the frenzy around Miu Miu's Spring 2010 bird, cat and puppy prints.
Would I wear this collection? Absolutely. I'd wear nearly every pretty piece.